The last time Holly Holm stepped into the octagon, she was a decided underdog against the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey. Now she’s a decided favorite against Miesha Tate.
No matter. Holm will head into UFC 196 with the exact same mindset.
“It’s still just a fight in front of me,” the UFC bantamweight champion said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I feel like it’s a 50/50 chance every time you get in there. Last time I was the underdog by so much. Every fight’s different on paper, everybody says this or that – but to me, there’s one winner and one loser and it’s 50/50. Anything can happen in there.”
Holm (10-0) and Tate (17-5) will square off this Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tate has won four consecutive fights. In fact, she hasn’t lost since December 2013, when she fell victim to a third-round arm bar by Ronda Rousey at UFC 168.
Tate complimented Holm for her striking ability but also said she has a “glass chin,” which is maybe something you don’t want to say to a former world boxing champion.
“Well, I have been knocked out before in boxing,” Holm said, “but as far as knockout punches and thing like that, it can be just the right punch that lands. It’s all there is to it. Anything can happen in there and I’m ready for any of it. So I think everybody has to kind of get into it in their own way how they’re going to get pumped up for a fight. For me, I just like to stay level-headed and not expect anything and just get in there and do what I can do best and perform to the best of my ability.”
Conventional wisdom says that Tate, who has a wrestling background, will try to take the fight to the mat, but Holm is preparing for all possibilities.
“I just want to be ready for all of it,” she said. “I’m not really expecting any one certain thing from her. I just want to make the most of the fight with whatever the situation may be.”
Holm was also asked about a potential rematch with Rousey, which UFC president Dana White said would be the biggest fight in UFC history.
“If that’s the opportunity, I’m going to take it,” Holm said. “I just want to focus on Miesha Tate right now because that’s who’s in front of me. If I don’t do well in this fight, that might change everything with the rematch. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. I’ve got to do one fight at a time.”